Kids love fire trucks. Kids love Christmas. Put them together with firefighters and trucks as Christmas nears, and it’s mostly joy and happiness that ensues.

Each year the City of Clinton invites District 56 children to the Fire Department and Community Building for Santa’s Cause.

The city’s firefighters give fire safety talks and a PowerTown presentation in the fire bays, and then each group of 20 switches places, and the kids at the fire department go over to the Community Building to work with Santa’s Helpers for coloring, refreshments and writing letters to Santa. The helpers make sure the letters go by special delivery.

The sessions began on Thursday and continue through Friday, Dec. 14, welcoming kids from Clinton Elementary, Joanna-Woodson, Eastside, Thornwell, First Baptist Church Preschool and M.S. Bailey Child Development Center.